Things to Do on Your Birthday in Chicago

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Host your birthday party in Chicago. You can celebrate inside and outside. No matter the season, your friends and you can have fun exploring the city and taking advantage of its attractions. Many birthday party ideas are free or cheap. Whether you decide to party it up or keep this year's celebration low key, there will be something for you to do.

Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate your birthday by searching for different items in Chicago while participating in a scavenger hunt. Watson Adventures hosts both public and private hunts that take place in the Loop, museums like the Field Museum and the Art Institute, Navy Pier and one that searches through famous movie sights in Chicago. Contact Watson Adventures for more information on dates and prices. Most hunts cost around $30 per person. The University of Chicago hosts what is called the largest scavenger hunt in the world. It lasts four days. If your birthday is in May, this is the scavenger hunt to take part in. Tasks include anything from doing something on the campus' quad while students are in class to driving a distance up to 1,000 miles away.


Celebrate your birthday while watching one of Chicago's professional sports teams. No matter when your birthday occurs, there will be a sport in season. Catch the Bulls or the Sky for a basketball game and the Blackhawks for a hockey game in the winter. Watch the Bears in the fall and the Cubs and White Sox in the summer. Getting to the different stadiums gives you a tour of the city as well. The Bears play downtown, the Bulls and Blackhawks play on the West Side, the Cubs on the North Side and the White Sox on the South Side. Depending on the opponent, tickets should be available, but if you are going with a group to celebrate your birthday, you should buy tickets in advance.


Celebrate your birthday while relaxing on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Chicago's public beaches are free and open to all. Even during the winter you can play in the snow and look at the freezing lake. For the warmer birthday months, go swimming in Lake Michigan, sunbathe on the beach or find a basketball or volleyball court and play a game with your friends. Since Chicago's eastern border is Lake Michigan, beaches span from far south to north all the way into the northern suburbs. You are guaranteed to find a spot for your group of friends to celebrate.

Millennium Park

Take in a concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to celebrate your birthday. Every day from noon to 1 p.m. different music genres, from hip-hop to jazz to world music is performed on stage. Next you can walk through the park with your friends. Take pictures of your reflection in Cloud Gate, which reflects parts of the Chicago skyline. Head into neighboring Grant Park and find all the different sculptures while walking on the nearly three miles of pathways. Have a late lunch picnic with your friends in honor of the day of your birth.


Have your birthday party at upscale bowling lanes like Lucky Strike. Lucky Strike considers it self both a bowling alley and a lounge. Because of this there is a dress code, and after 8 p.m. you must be 21 and over to get in. Lucky Strike is an upgrade style-wise over other bowling alleys. They serve food like Tomato and Cheese S'mores, and steak. The bowling is fun, too. You can arrange to reserve a lane for three or four hours and do as much bowling as you want. Diversy River Bowl is another bowling alley that can host your birthday party. You can choose to bowl for two hours and then have a private dinner for an hour, or bowl for three hours with buffet service at the lanes. On weekends, the cost ranges from $34 to $68 per person.